Halloween Costumes Inspired by the Movies

by | Oct 24th, 2011 | 9:30PM | Filed under: In My Humble Opinion, Other Bits

If you’re like me, you rely on movies, TV shows, and other forms of pop culture for Halloween costume inspiration. So allow me to share some of the best ideas I’ve come across this spooktacular season, all inspired by 2011 films.

“Driver,” Ryan Gosling’s character from Drive

Gosling can officially cross an item off of his Bucket List: he’s now played a character that everyone wants to be for Halloween. (He mentioned this was a personal goal of his when making the late-night rounds to promote Drive). The bad news is that if you want to be Driver, you’re going to have to get creative—a replica of the scorpion jacket the getaway guy’s hardly ever without isn’t available until AFTER October 31. (Talk about a missed merchandising opportunity!)

You’ll also need dark, slim-fit jeans, driving gloves, a hammer or one of the other random weapons used in the film, and, of course, the “Handsome Guy” mask (for a mere $810!) to whip on when people least expect it. Bonus points if you: 1) actually drive yourself to and from Halloween parties in one of the cars from the film, and/or 2) hook up an unseen iPod to your person in order to blast the movie’s killer soundtrack wherever you go.


One of the Bridesmaids

Ladies, I have some good news for you. That horrific bright pink bridesmaid dress you wore to your friend’s wedding a few years ago can be put to use once again. It just needs to look remotely like the get-up to the left and you’re good to go.

If you want to take things a step further and convince a bunch of your friends to wear similar dresses so you can roll as a crew, all the better. May I suggest drawing straws for who gets to play Maya Rudolph’s character?

Just know that if you attempt to go the group costume route, then you pretty much HAVE to choreograph a dance to Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” because everyone will be expecting it! (I wouldn’t advise you to try and contract food poisoning from a seedy “champagne brunch” establishment earlier in the day, however.)


Thor, Captain America, or Green Lantern

Forget Spidey, Batman, Iron Man, or any of the other movie superheroes of the recent past. In 2011 you gotta stick with the newest members of the silver-screen club: Green Lantern, Captain America, and Thor. If you’ve got long blond hair and look like one of your parents could have been a giant, then the God of Thunder‘s a no-brainer. If you’re a scrawny dude, then you can easily pull of Steve Rogers, pre-super-soldier injection. Otherwise go for the full Captain America costume. You know you always wanted to wield a shield! And if you just can’t get enough of the color green and want to up your odds of attracting Blake Lively lookalikes, then obviously Green Lantern is your best bet.


Lisbeth Salander, from the upcoming The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo remake (or any of the original Swedish films, your pick!)

OK, so I admit that only a special kind of gal will be able to pull this one off. She’s gotta be skinny and pale as all get-out, have jet-black hair (or be dye-willing), sport lots of piercings and ideally a big ol’ dragon tattoo on her back. If you meet those requirements and also happen to own a lot of leather, black boots, and a scooter, then you are golden!

Guys who are fans of the film and want to be lazy can just throw on a trench coat, look as paranoid, tired and disturbed as possible while attempting a Swedish accent and then call themselves Mikael Blomkvist.

Are none of these ideas floating your boat?

OK, then here are a few more options from both recent movies and favorite films from the past:

What’s the best film-inspired Halloween costume you’ve ever heard of… or seen… or worn?

9 Responses to “Halloween Costumes Inspired by the Movies”

  1. Lauranda
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I love Halloween, but I am not big on dressing up, so I have never even worn a good costume, let alone a great one. I would have to say the best I have seen (and this was on youtube) was a guy dressed up like an Autobot. The costume was designed so he could actually fold himself up and become a vehicle (not moving of course).

    As far as the Big Lebowski, Jesus would be cooler. You can even buy his purple bowling bag (functional too) on Amazon.

  2. random dude
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    One of my friends went as Marty Mcfly from back to the future with the puffy sleeveless jacket and all. Unfortunately, I was the only person who recognized him bc ppl have no imagination these days…

  3. Dave
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 4:43 pm

    This year, the wife and I are doing Halloween as Tyler Durden and Marla Singer.

  4. Heidi
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    My kids are both going to be Mario (the older one Big Mario and the little one “baby” Mario) and I get to be Waluigi (I’m not the princess type and one of the cousins is going to be Luigi). Apparently it is a popular theme this year, but we didn’t get the store bought versions so we’re cooler than everyone else… I think… lol

  5. Jamie
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

    Not the biggest fan of being a slut on Halloween, so I am going in a homemade costume with my boyfriend. I will be Valerie and he will be Peter from Red Riding Hood.

  6. Vicky
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    If I were to dress up I would go as Olivia Newton John in Zanadoo. With the ribbon hair commbs, billowy blouse, skirt and roller skates. Although I am pretty sure most people wouldn’t get it.

  7. Vicky
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 5:49 pm


  8. Travis Dale
    Posted on October 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Weekend at Bernies. You either need one committed buddy and a dummy in between you, or two commited buddies and the middle one acts dead. Dibs on Andrew McCarthy!

  9. Angel
    Posted on October 29, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Avatar! Yes I want to blue :)